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HC directs government to pay enchanced compensation

New Delhi: Holding the government fully responsible for its failure to curb terrorism, Delhi High Court directed the Delhi government to pay enchanced compensation to victims of terror attacks. The Court expressed its disgust on government’s apathy which thought that compensation of merely Rs 1 lakh was enough.

Sitar Ram (30), a plumber, who worked at Liberty cinema was killed in a terror attack by members of Babbar Khalsa International on 22 May 2005. The Delhi government had granted him an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh. The victim’s wife Yogita moved the High Court on the matter of such meagre compensation.

The court observed, that it was strictly governments’ liability for its failure in preventing the harm to citizens and it could not get away by paying a nominal compensation. It enchanced the amount to Rs 6.7 lakh as per the current price index. The total sum of 7.7 lakh is to be paid within six weeks.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 19

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